Instead, other players in this squad have stepped up when it mattered, rising to the occasion and pulling them through.
Tottenham followers will have known deep down that they would have had to battle to keep up their fine start to the campaign, but they probably did not bank on relying on their goalkeeper as much as they ultimately did.
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini: "We have played eight games and perhaps we don't have the points we wanted or deserved. The perception changed when we lost to Inter Milan and Barcelona in the Champions League but we have one more point (in the Premier League) than last season", Pochettino said.
"Let's say I have £1, you have £10, the next person has £100, the next £1,000".
"The form of the players sometimes change, it is hard to explain", Pochettino told reporters in his post-match news conference.
"I am not happy with that because we are fifth in the table and the ambition is to be on the top but, at the same time, we are realistic and with all the circumstances we suffered in the summer with the World Cup and everything".
This will be a tough game for Tottenham. "But I need to remind everyone that it is our [joint] best start after eight games - it is the best start in the Premier League for Tottenham".
Declan Rice is confident West Ham are moving in the right direction despite suffering back-to-back defeats.
They are looking to secure successive Premier League home wins for the first time since December 2016.
The Hammers' recent revival has hit the buffers after successive 1-0 losses to Brighton before the global break and Tottenham at the London Stadium on Saturday.
West Ham are winless in seven London league derbies since beating Chelsea last December (D5, L2).
Lloris needed a big performance, not just for the need of the three points in the London Stadium contest, but also for the peace of mind of both himself and the Tottenham fans and this display will certainly have silenced any doubters.